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202-432-9045. stay tuned for our veterans day special at 7:00 p.m. have a good night. captions by: caption colorado, llc 800-775-7838 email: comments@captioncolorado.com >> couric: veterans day: the president goes where no commander-in-chief has gone before to honor america's heroes. and at fort hood, the scene of tragedy last week, scenes of joy as soldiers from iraq come home. i'm katie couric. also tonight, he left an extensive electronic paper trail. investigators follow the writings of fort hood shooting suspect major nidal malik hasan. and can a donation by legislation? >> trying to match up legislation like that is erroneous. you shouldn't do that, sharyl? >> reporter: we'll follow the congressman and the money. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric.
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>> couric: good evening, everyone. for the first time as problem led the nation in observing veterans day, honoring the men and women who have risked their lives and, in many cases, given their lives for their country. and there was another first today, not just for this president but any president. after placing a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns at arlington national cemetery-- as so many of his predecessors have done-- the president went where no commander-in-chief had laid foot before: section 60 at arlington where veterans of iraq and afghanistan-- the war he now leads-- are laid to rest. officials say no sitting president has ever walked among the graves at the cemetery. as he did, mr. obama spoke with families who had come to visit the graves of their loved ones. two weeks ago, the president saluted sergeant dale grif fin, killed in afghanistan as his body arrived at dover air force base in delaware.
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today, griffin's casket was carried in the veterans day parade in his hometown of terre haute, indiana. then family and friends gathered at the school where he was a star athlete to say a final fair well. >> we'll miss you, dale. >> couric: and amid the sorrow of this veterans day at fort hood, there's also great joy as soldiers from the first cavalry have returned home from iraq and into the arms of their loved ones. we'll have more about the fort hood home coming in just a moment. but first, the latest on the major who allegedly opened fire at the base last thursday, killing 12 fellow soldiers and a civilian and wounding 29 others. national security correspondent david martin is at the pentagon tonight and, david, what have investigators turned up so far? >> reporter: well, katie, law enforcement tells cbs news that after going through all their files on known or suspected terrorists, they have found
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nothing to change their belief major nidal malik hasan acted alone. investigators have now begun tracking how major hasan lived and what he did with his money. he was a psychiatrist in the army medical corps with no family to support yet he was living like a private. according to army pay charts, a major with hasan's time in service would make $92,000 a year in base pay and allowances. as a psychiatrist, he would have earned specialty pay on top of that. yet he lived in a $350 a month apartment even though he received $1,100 a month in housing allowance. judging by the things hasan gave away shortly before his rampage, he had few worldly possessions. one possible explanation? members of a mosque where he worshipped said he was a very generous man who helped others pay their utility bills. outside the mosque, he seemed to live in cyberspace. law enforcement sources say he was a prolific communicator and
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now that they have his computer, they are tracking back to his multiple e-mail accounts. the f.b.i. first came across hasan as a result of e-mails he exchanged with a radical imam in yemen who once had ties to some of the 9/11 hijackers. because the e-mails contained no evidence of plotting violent attacks, they were never forwarded to the army where they might have intersected with reports of his poor mafrpl manse. doctors who worked with hasan at walter reed said he was weird and had such a low opinion of him as a psychiatrist that they refused to refer patients to him. yet he was being sent to afghanistan to counsel soldiers in combat. katie? >> couric: david, i understand cbs news actually got inside hasan's apartment today. what was found there? anything interesting? >> well one thing that was found was a laser sighting device he would have used to zero in his revolver. >> couric: all right. david martin at the pentagon tonight.
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david, thank you. meanwhile, back at fort hood where people are still many in n shock over the massacre, don teague has more about a joyous homecoming last night. don, quite a contrast there between this week and last. >> reporter: well, there's certainly finally something to smile about here, katie. for the first time in almost a week there was a homecoming of troops from war. still, it's a bittersweet time from a post still grieving. tears of joy for nearly 300 members of the 1st cavalry division, returning home tuesday night after a year in iraq. (cheers and applause) the first such reunion since last thursday's deadly rampage. >> it's kind of bittersweet to me because so much loss and then just... so much happiness right now. >> reporter: the hugs here just a little tighter as those who survived the shooting are still trying to make sense of it, including hero police officers who shot nidal malik hasan. kimberly munley was hit four
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times in the gun fight. from her hospital bed she told her story to oprah winfrey. >> as soon as i got out of my vehicle and ran up the hill is when things started getting pretty bad and we started encountering fire. when i got shot, it felt like, honestly, a muscle being torn out of my leg. >> reporter: munley's fellow officer, sergeant mark todd, fired the shots that finally ended the shootout. >> 25 years of law enforcement, i've been really fortunate not to pull my weapon before. once he was laying down on his back, i'm like, okay, now's the time to rush him and secure him. >> reporter: and specialist logan burnett, who survived three gunshots, told how he and other defenseless soldiers threw chairs and folding tables at hasan, a desperate effort to stop the shooting. the wounded burnett crawled toward another building where he was saved by a fellow soldier. >> he pulled me into the building and locked me an office
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in that second building and performed first aid on me. >> reporter: meanwhile, in neighboring kill lean, texas, the flags waved and people cheer with even more enthusiasm on this veterans day. while for soldiers on post, daily life is getting back to normal. >> simply put: our mission at fort hood continues. >> reporter: and with the familiar home comings of an army at war comes a greater appreciation for those who love them and those they loved. for specialist sean goetz, that means his wife, his kids, and real hamburgers. still, the cycle of war continues. hundreds more troops are set to leave fort hood for iraq and afghanistan in coming weeks. katie? >> couric: don teague reporting from fort hood. thank you, don. in other news tonight, members of congress raised millions of dollars every year for all sorts of causes, and a number of oversight committees keep track of it all. cbs news has been investigating a scholarship foundation set up
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by republican congressman stephen buyer of indiana. his frontier foundation has raised more than $800,000 but has yet to award a single scholarship. sharyl attkisson talked to the congressman as we follow the money. >> reporter: after repeated requests, congressman stephen buyer finally agreed to sit down for a brief interview. the subject: a small nonprofit he founded in 2003 to raise money for college slarships. now there are serious questions about just who's paying for it and what they're getting in return. where did the $25,000 to start the foundation come from? >> you know what? i was asked that question and i don't recall. >> reporter: how can you not know where the $25,000 came from? >> i don't... i'm serious. i don't recall. >> reporter: in fact, six years after the foundation started, it's collected more than $800,000, yet it hasn't spent a single penny on scholarships.
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it can be difficult to know where buyer's reelection campaign ends and his frontier foundation begins. his campaign and foundation shared office space. until august, his campaign manager also ran his foundation, inviting select donors to golf games with buyer. when nobody from the foundation answered our calls, we went to monticello, indiana, and found this-- an empty office. so we visited buyer's local congressional office and staffers there said the foundation and campaign had just relocated next door. we knocked on that door but couldn't get the woman inside the answer. buyer told us the foundation no longer has a physical address. >> i'm so focused on making sure that we were legal that i probably didn't pay as close attention as i should have on "appearances." >> reporter: part of that appearance problem has to do with the nature of the
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foundation's do knows. from from what i can tell, all of the donors have interest before committees that you sit on in congress. >> well, i... the committees in which we're... the committees. the corporations in which provided support, as i said, where there's original companies please do not assume that if a company contributes to the foundation that somehow that's some type of influence upon what i'm about to do. >> reporter: but that's exactly what buyer's critics suggest. consider that he sits on committees that oversee drugs, tobacco, and telecommunications. every one of his foundation donors are testimony from from those industries. after his foundation received hundreds of thousands of dollars from pharmaceutical interests, buyer took up a number of pharmaceutical industry priorities and sponsored bills they supported. after tobacco interests gave generously, buyer opposed the bill giving the f.d.a. authority to regulate tobacco. you instead sponsored an r.j.
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reynolds supported alternative and r.j. reynolds is a donor to your foundation. >> i created this. r.j. reynolds didn't create that steve buyer supported that. >> reporter: then's his support of smoking tobacco, like chewing tobacco. >> it's not the nicotine that kills! it's the smoke! >> reporter: he says his support of smokeless tobacco has nothing to do with donations from u.s. smokeless tobacco company. >> trying to match up legislation like that is erroneous. you shouldn't do that, sharyl, i think it's wrong. >> reporter: as evidence that donors aren't buying his favor, buyer points out he's against president obama's health care reform, which the pharmaceutical industry supports, but he says he wants to clear up any misunderstanding. >> if any process mistakes were made, i am sorry and i will crack them. >> reporter: we would have asked more questions, but buyer had to rush out to a congressional meeting. after our interview, a foundation spokesman e-mailed us
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to fill in the blank on that first question, where the $25,000 to start buyer's foundation came from. the pharmaceutical lobby. as for awarding scholarships, the whole point of the foundation, buyer says they're waiting until they raise a million dollars and are self-sustaining. sharyl attkisson, cbs news, washington. >> couric: and coming up next here on the "cbs evening news," you've got to wonder who's flying your plane after another pilot is arrested, this time for failing a breathalyzer test.
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>> i was very surprised when i saw that but also relieved that someone at united had the good sense to notice that the pilot smelled of alcohol and to do something about it. so far that i'm grateful. >> reporter: his arrest is the latest in a series of embarrassing incidents for the profession. just three weeks ago, two northwest pilots overshot their destination, minneapolis, by more than 100 miles, claiming they were engrossed in their laptops. two days before that, the pilots of a packed delta jet mistakenly landed on a taxiway in atlanta instead of the runway right next to it. luckily, there were no planes on the taxiway at the time. u.s. airways captain james ray says pilots are under more strain now than ever before. their pay slashed in half and pensions eliminated, forcing some to take second jobs or live far from their hubs. >> since 9/11, most of our pilot contracts have been gutted. every airline has been in a
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crisis financially since then and they're looking to cut the bottom line, that's what it's all about these days. >> reporter: and yet f.a.a. statistics show there have been only two serious runway incursions all year, compared to nine in 2008 and 34 back in 2000. pilot alcohol violations are also way down. only four reported in 2009 compared to 13 in 2008 and 22 back in 2002. pilot irwin washington has been suspended by united as he awaits a british court hearing next week. >> more than likely this pilot will be able to fly again, but it's going to take some time. >> reporter: especially if he gets the maximum sentence which in britain is two years in jail. it depends in part on how high his blood alcohol level was, and that hasn't been released by police yet, katie. >> couric: all right. nancy cordes, nancy, thanks very much. coming up next, the h1n1 flu and workers who simply cannot afford to get it. equipped lexus es,
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>> couric: the h1n1 flu is now widespread in almost every state and for many americans it's not only a health problem but a serious financial burden. now emergency legislation has been proposed in the house and senate to guarantee workers get about a week of paid sick days. jeff glor tells us in an ailing economy, it's a controversial idea. >> reporter: at barrio foods in
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brooklyn, new york, an egg timer goes off every 30 minutes. >> every wash your hands. >> reporter: reminding workers to wash their hands. an attempt to keep germs to a minimum because owner spencer rothchild says if hourly employees do get sick, he cannot afford to pay them while they're away. >> it's a huge challenge. >> reporter: hugely expensive. >> a hugely expensive challenge to put on top of a restaurant in this... any time, but especially in the current economy. >> reporter: he is not alone. 48% of americans working in the private sector have jobs that do not offer paid sick days, mostly small business employees. 54 million in all. >> a week off of work would be really bad. that's the whole... that's like rent. >> reporter: what's more? one recent survey found 68% of workers who were not eligible for paid sick days had gone to work with a contagious illness. 11% said they'd lost a job for taking off sick to care for
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themselves or a family member. >> i knew something was seriously not right. >> reporter: mary pappas is a nurse at st. francis prep, she spotted the first cases of h1n1 in new york city last april after sending 200 kids home, the school shut down for a week. >> can you just imagine 100 or maybe even 75 of those parents saying "look, you're stuck with them because i can't take off because i don't want to lose my job." >> reporter: pappas is supporting local legislation that would provide employees a mandatory five days of paid sick leave. in washington, congress is considering a similar law. for smaller businesses, paid sick leave would be more challenging. this september, more than 9,000 filed for bankruptcy, a 27% increase from last year. >> s there an easy answer. >> there are no easy answers. >> reporter: the harsh reality is, for some, keeping out the flu may also mean closing their doors. jeff glor, cbs news, new york. >> couric: h1n1 is also a
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concern in places of worship. some catholic churches in italy are turning to modern technology-- electronic holy water dispensers. instead of putting your hands directly from a font, you put them under a sensor and out comes the holy water. for more information on all of, this you can go to our partner in health coverage webmd.com and search "h1n1." still ahead, no one expected this soldier to recover, but one word changed everything. ♪ let's take a look at the stats. mini has more than double the fiber and whole grain... making him a great contender in this bout... against mid-morning hunger. honey nut cheerios is coming in a little short. you've got more whole grain in your little finger! let's get ready for breakfaaaaaaaaaast! ( ding, cheering, ringing ) keeping you full and focused with more than double the fiber and whole grain...
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i'll never forget what i went through. don't take your health for granted. (announcer) have a heart to heart with your doctor about your risk. and about lipitor. >> couric: it's fitting that we end the broadcast this veterans day with a soldier's story. when david martin introduced us to lieutenant brian brennan back in may, he had already defied tremendous odds just by surviving an enemy attack. but now he's writing a whole new chapter in his life. >> reporter: the miraculous recovery of lieutenant brian brennan took another incredible step forward this week. a morning run with general petraeus, commander of the wars in iraq and afghanistan. >> for me, being a lonely old first lieutenant to having a
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four-star general conversing with me and p.t.ing with me is just an unbelievable thing. i never thought that i would ever be able to do that, ever. >> reporter: it's not just that brennan lost both legs to a roadside bomb in afghanistan, he was in a totally unresponsive coma until one day a year and a half ago when petraeus visited him in the hospital. >> there was absolutely no response whatsoever. >> reporter: in desperation, petraeus shouted out the motto for brennan's unit: cuurrihee, a cherokee indian word that means "stand alone." >> all of a sudden, the lieutenant, his stumps are banging up and down on the sheets, his head is moving around and very clearly responding to his unit's nickname. >> reporter: now that same lieutenant is talking running times with the famously fit petraeus. >> how far are you up to now? >> the longest i've ever ran, like a mile and a half, two miles. it's a substandard pace to me, sir.
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i'm not going to be happy until i'm back to what i was before. >> reporter: you can't hear it over the win, but pet spet joking about the fact that he doesn't have to stretch out his calf muscles. there were no land speed records set on this morning, but if there were a world championship in come backs, brian brennan would be the hands down winner. >> i wasn't sure i'd ever see the day that he could actually talk. so this has been quite an extraordinary journey that he's been on. >> reporter: and it's not over. would you believe it if we told you brennan is still on active duty? his goal is to become an instructor at one of the army's basic training schools where he'd be leading recruits on their morning run. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. >> couric: congratulations, brian, and happy veterans day. that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm katie couric. thanks for watching. see you tomorrow. for the latest news any time, go to cbsnews.com. good night.
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captioning sponsored by cbs >> to our veterans, to the fallen and to their families. there is no tribute. no praise that can truly match the magnitude of your service and your sacrifice. >> this is a special presentation of 9news now at 7:00 p.m. heros central. "this broadcast realtime captioned by becky lyon." you are looking live at the world war ii memorial on this veterans day evening. one of several memorials in our area where veterans were laid today and the fallen honored. good in

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